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Biographical entry Axon, Albert Edwin (1898 - 1974)

Born
21 December 1898
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
17 February 1974
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Business executive and Electrical engineer

Summary

Electrical engineer Sir Albert Axon was a prominent, respected figure in the electricity industry. In 1929 he established himself as a consultant to the Queensland Government, and in 1936 became one of 4 people on the commission who's findings led to the establishment of the State Electricity Commission. In 1948 he founded A. E. Axon & Associates which conducted various electrical installations. From 1957-1966 Axon was Chancellor of the University of Queensland, during which time the university expanded considerably. In 1959 he was named a Knight of the Order of Britain. During the late 1950s and 1960s he held many prominent positions in business, including; Chairman of Queensland Cement & Lime Co. Ltd; Delegate to the Cement and Concrete Association of Australia; Chairman of the South Brisbane Gas & Light Co. Ltd (later Allgas Ltd); and Director of the Commonwealth Banking Corporation (1959-1964).

Details

Events

1918 - 1919
Life event - Served in the Australian Imperial Force
1919 - 1923
Education - Bachelor of Engineering, University of Queensland
1920
Career position - Intern, City Electric Light Co. Ltd, Brisbane
1923 - 1928
Education - Master of Engineering, University of Queensland
1926 - c. 1929
Career position - Engineer, Electrical and Mechanical Department, A. E. Harding Frew Engineers.
1929
Career event - Established private practice as consulting electrical and mechanical engineer
1935 - 1966
Career position - Member of Senate of the Men Graduates' Association, University of Queensland
1936 - 1947
Career position - Part-time member of Royal Commission into Electricity
1942 - 1944
Career event - Served as major and later colonel in the Australian Army
1948
Career event - Established A. E. Axon & Associates
1956
Career position - Chairman of the Men Graduates' Association, University of Queensland
1957 - 1966
Career position - Chancellor, University of Queensland
1959
Award - Elected a Knight of the British Empire
1959 - 1964
Career position - Director of the Commonwealth Banking Corporation
1961
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of Melbourne
1961
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of New England, United States
1972
Award - Honorary Doctorate, University of Queensland

Published resources

Book Sections

  • George, W. I., 'Axon, Sir Albert Edwin (1898-1974), Engineer, Businessman and University Chancellor', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 85-86. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130103b.htm. Details

Online Resources

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